Item description for One More Sunrise by Michael Landon, Jr., Tracie Peterson & Aimee Lilly...
Overview This extraordinary collaboration explores the nature of faith and the wonder of miracles in the life of a man who is given a second chance at life.
Publishers Description Joe Daley's life is spiraling out of control. In more ways than one...His dreams of WWII glory died along with his plans to serve his country. Fifteen years later, Joe Daley flies a crop duster and struggles through life, with his marriage to high-school-sweetheart Meg running on fumes. Until one morning when Joe's daily routine turns into the ride of a lifetime as his beat-up biplane begins a heart-stopping spiral toward earth.What did he hit? An enormous bird? With the only evidence a long white feather, Joe embarks on a new odyssey. When an old high-school suitor of Meg's--now the charming representative of a corporate farming enterprise--arrives in town, he offers better lives for everyone. Is this the opportunity Joe and Meg have been waiting for? Or a collision course with disaster?
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook, CD
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 360.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.46" Width: 6.62" Height: 0.66" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598592424 ISBN13 9781598592429
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Landon, Jr., Tracie Peterson & Aimee Lilly
Michael Landon, Jr., son of legendary actor Michael Landon, is the award-winning producer of films such as "The Ultimate Life," "The Last Sin Eater," "Saving Sarah Cain," The Love Comes Softly series and the new episodic drama "When Calls the Heart." He and his cowriter in books and film, Cindy Kelley, have authored novels such as "The Silent Gift" and "One More Sunrise."
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Reviews - What do customers think about One More Sunrise?
Love can last no matter what Jul 5, 2008
Joe and Meg were "made for each other" since high school, but after two children and Joe's drinking, things are getting more difficult. Joe's dream was to be a war hero, flying to make his father proud. Failing to get that opportunity, Joe settles for crop dusting. He cannot find a reason to feel successful, and cannot face his family, so the local bar becomes his hangout.
When an old friend from high school suddenly appears and seems to have the answer to the town's every problem, the mystery begins. It deepens when Joe has a collision with a very large "bird" while flying, and neary dies. He still loves Meg, and despite his best efforts, he wants to change but is unable to stop drinking.
A young boy pays for the actions of another kid, and shortly thereafter has a horrible accident with the wrongdoing never settled.
Snippets of jealousy, distrust, honesty and community all ad up to an interesting read, and I will be looking for more books by this duo.
One More Sunrise is a good debut for Michael Landon Jr Apr 20, 2008
ONE MORE SUNRISE by Michael Landon Jr and Tracie Peterson
April 19, 2008
Rating *** ½ (3.5 Stars)
Michael Landon Jr's debut novel ONE MORE SUNRISE focuses on a man, Joe Daley, whose life did not follow the route that he had mapped out as a young man. The story opens in August of 1941, and young seventeen year-old Joe is intent on sneaking out of the house in order to meet his girlfriend Meg. He is in love and wants to surprise her with a plane ride and a marriage proposal. It is a romantic scene out of the movies, and at this point in his life, Joe feels that he has the world at his feet, a future bride, and a promising future.
Chapter two jumps forward to the summer of 1958, and Meg is reminiscing about high school, remembering the joy she had felt before she and Joe were married. However, the years since then have been difficult. Meg rarely sees Joe, and when she does they argue. Joe spends most of his time either at work (if there is any) or in bars, and all he can think about is how pitiful his life has become. Meg does her best to keep the family together, but the longer things continue the more frustrated and unhappy she becomes.
Luke Ramsey, a former admirer of Meg's, shows up in town after having moved away with his family due to something his father had done. Luke claims he wants to make up for his father's actions years ago. He is offering the farmers in town a better life, and this includes Joe and Meg. However, Joe doesn't want anything to do with Luke, not at first. He isn't sure he can trust a Ramsey.
What really changes Joe's life happens while flying his plane. He nearly loses his life, but when something hits the plane in flight, he promises God that he will change his ways if he lives. Joe does survive the crash, but finds it hard to keep his promise to God, and unfortunately Meg doesn't believe he will keep his promise either.
This reviewer found ONE MORE SUNRISE a good inspirational story aimed at an audience that also enjoys historical fiction. While it's not the best Christian fiction this reviewer has read, Michael Landon Jr. shows promise as a Christian writer and may make his mark in the world of Christian fiction. Choosing a time period from the past probably helped Landon write a better-suited story line for the Christian reader. His style is reminiscent of the type of television programs his father was famous for, family-oriented stories with sometimes a moral at the end.
The overall story was strong enough to keep this reader's interest, with various story lines coming together to make one cohesive tale. The characters, while in some ways clichéd, were developed enough that they felt real, with the dialogue realistic as well. Some readers may find they will have to suspend disbelief at times, but these events in the story line are crucial for the over-all novel to work.
What was probably most important in the book that kept this reader's attention was the main character, Joe. He was a man who had a promising future, but failed miserably to take the path that God gave him, and make it the best he could. Instead, he could only see the bad side of things, and was having a hard time letting go of a past that kept him from succeeding in life. Joe was not a perfect person, and with his failings he helped make this story of redemption work. In real life, however, the outcome of his life may have turned out differently, but this reviewer felt that the story ended properly for the type of book it was.
Minor characters stand out, especially Joe's son Danny and Zach, one of three foster sons that move to town with Meg's high school friend Norma. They make up a subplot that is as important as the one that follows Joe's story.
For readers who enjoy Christian fiction as well as historical fiction, ONE MORE SUNRISE is a good choice. While not the perfectly written book, the story is solid enough to keep the reader's interest. Some may not find that all the characters in the story are perfect Christian role models, but this reviewer feels that these characters were realistic and are the type of people we would encounter on the streets. Portraying less-than-perfect people is what makes this a real story, and not a fairy tale. ONE MORE SUNRISE is recommended. - Courtesy of Love romances and More - M. Lofton
Should not be listed as Christian Mar 29, 2008
I was disappointed with the content of the book after being told that the authors were Christian. I had never read their material before and I probably will never read anything more written by them. I had purchased the book for a teenager believing that it would be a wholesome love story. In the secular world it would probably fly but in true Christian writing it was a sham. I don't mean to imply that it was not a wholesome love story -- it did fill that category. It also had all the right buzz words to probably merit the Christian rating however... I guess I have to explain; It would be hard to say that the old school friend who arrives in town with two children was truly "born again" if she could leave her husband. The use of a St. Christopher's medal is also a little disconcerting. I suspect that was done to please the Catholics but I doubt it would have made any difference to leave it out. It was encouraging to have the comment added that the hero did not have to rely on the medal. Then there is the issue of The Angel--it was so much like the fairy tale delivered in the TV program, Touched By An Angel. There wasn't any reference to how one is born again. I have read more Christian material in secular books than there was in this one; read the Testament by John Grisham and see what I mean--there the truth is presented -- and it is an excellent read, full of suspense and yes, even a hint of romance. I will not be giving this book to my teenage friend. In fact, I would like to return the book to the authors, I wouldn't want it said that I gave this book to anyone, especially anyone who might be mislead into believing that Christians divorce and real people walk about and disappear. That's more fiction than I can stand. Real Christians have the Truth and know the Truth when they read it.
UFO brings hope & change Mar 20, 2008
Reviewed by Tyler R. Tichelaar for Reader Views (3/08)
Joe Daley is a crop duster. He is also a man allowing his past to destroy his present life as a husband and father. In Kansas in the late 1950s, Joe is still unable to forgive himself for not being able to fight in World War II to revenge his brother's death and make his family proud of him. His self-hatred has resulted in marital problems, heavy drinking, and fear an old friend will take his wife from him.
Then one day Joe has an accident with his airplane. Out of nowhere a giant bird, or what appears to be a bird, hits his plane. As he struggles to regain control of his plane, he begs God to spare his life so he can change and become a better man. His transformation does not happen overnight, but with the advent of a new situation facing his community, and a mysterious stranger who shows up in town, Joe begins his journey to become the man he needs to be for his family. He finds out others in his family have their own secrets and guilt, and he learns that miracles are still possible.
The book's biography of the author, Michael Landon Jr., states that he wishes to bring the same quality family entertainment to his writing as his father did to his television programs. He has succeeded in creating a story closer to the plots of "Highway to Heaven" episodes than "Bonanza" or "Little House on the Prairie." While "One More Sunrise" has room for improvement, Landon has done well with his first novel. (I imagine he was largely assisted by his co-author, Tracie Peterson, who has written or contributed to seventy novels).
I found the first hundred pages of "One More Sunrise" rather slow, but I grew more interested in the story when the mysterious stranger came to town. While the stranger had some important messages to give Joe, the stranger's presence was rather anti-climactic and his role not very large in the book. Joe was largely left to figure out things on his own, but perhaps the book was more realistic for that. I thought the novel's conclusion, where the villain overreacts, was out of touch with the rest of the novel, turning it into almost a suspense thriller. The book also tended to be overly descriptive, probably a quarter longer than it needed to be.
Nevertheless, people who enjoy good family entertainment will enjoy "One More Sunrise." I will anticipate another story from this writing duo.
A Riveting Read Feb 23, 2008
This was a great story of enduring love; a love that survives the hardest of times. Through the many twist and turns in the plot, the authors kept me riveted. It was a real page turner as well a refreshing read.